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    Are these sentences natural? December 20


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I am just opening the file, please bear with me for a second.

    2. Actually I have a sweet tooth, but I try hard to avoid eating anything sweet.

    3. The only knock against this project is that it is not as inclusive as some other programs.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? December 20

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I am just opening the file, please bear with me for a second.

    2. Actually I have a sweet tooth, but I try hard to avoid eating anything sweet.

    3. The only knock against this project is that it is not as inclusive as some other programs.

    Thanks,
    MG.
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    Re: Are these sentences natural? December 20

    The first one is a comma splice. You need a period or a semi-colon or a "so" -- but not a comma between the two parts.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? December 20

    'The only knock against this project. . . ' does not sound natural to me.

    It is not something I have heard before or would ever use.

    Rover

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? December 20

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'The only knock against this project. . . ' does not sound natural to me.
    It is not something I have heard before or would ever use.
    Rover
    I've never heard that expression either, but the meaning is clear - so if "knock against" is in common usage where you are, MG, then it's a fine sentence!
    (In the US, we would probably use strike in place of knock.)

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? December 20

    To use "knock" to mean "say something negative" you would need something like:

    The only thing I could say to knock this project is that it is not as inclusive as some other programs.

    "To knock" is commonly used in BrE in this way.

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